REDEEMER

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST


Sunday Worship 9:30 AM


Wednesday Worship 6:30 PM

Located at:

W220  N4915 Town Line Road

Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

 

Mail:

PO Box 230

Sussex, WI 53089

WHAT WE BELIEVE
AT REDEEMER UCC

From The United Church of Christ website

We believe in the triune God:

Creator, resurrected Christ, the sole Head of the church, and the Holy Spirit, who guides and brings about the creative and redemptive work of God in the world.


We believe that each person is unique and valuable.

It is the will of God that every person belong to a family of faith where they have a strong sense of being valued and loved.


We believe that each person is on a spiritual journey

and that each of us is at a different stage of that journey.


We believe that the persistent search for God produces an authentic relationship with God,

engendering love, strengthening faith, dissolving guilt, and giving life purpose and direction.


We believe that all of the baptized 'belong body and soul to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.'

No matter who – no matter what – no matter where we are on life's journey – notwithstanding race, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, class or creed – we all belong to God and to one worldwide community of faith. All persons baptized – past, present and future – are connected to each other and to God through the sacrament of baptism. We baptize during worship when the community is present because baptism includes the community's promise of 'love, support and care' for the baptized – and we promise that we won't take it back – no matter where your journey leads you.


We believe that all people of faith are invited to join Christ at Christ's table for the sacrament of Communion.

Just as many grains of wheat are gathered to make one loaf of bread and many grapes are gathered to make one cup of wine, we, the many people of God, are made one in the body of Christ, the church. The breaking of bread and the pouring of wine reminds us of the costliness of Christ's sacrifice and the discipleship to which we are all called. In the breaking of bread, we remember and celebrate Christ's presence among us along with a 'cloud of witnesses' – our ancestors, family and friends who have gone before us. It is a great mystery; we claim it by faith.


We believe the UCC is called to be a united and uniting church.

"That they may all be one." (John 17:21) "In essentials–unity, in nonessentials–diversity, in all things–charity," These UCC mottos survive because they touch core values deep within us. The UCC has no rigid formulation of doctrine or attachment to creeds or structures. Its overarching creed is love. UCC pastors and teachers are known for their commitment to excellence in theological preparation, interpretation of the scripture and justice advocacy. Even so, love and unity in the midst of our diversity are our greatest assets.


We believe that God calls us to be servants in the service of others

and to be good stewards of the earth's resources. 'To believe is to care; to care is to do.'


We believe that the UCC is called to be a prophetic church.

As in the tradition of the prophets and apostles, God calls the church to speak truth to power, liberate the oppressed, care for the poor and comfort the afflicted.


We believe in the power of peace,

and work for nonviolent solutions to local, national, and international problems.


We are a people of possibility.

In the UCC, members, congregations and structures have the breathing room to explore and to hear ... for after all, God is still speaking, ... 

Our faith is

2,000 years old.

Our thinking is not.

We believe in God's continuing testament.  This is why we are committed to hearing God's ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in the world today.  We try to remain attentive to God's creative movement in the world. Religion and science are not mutually exclusive, and your head and heart are both welcomed into our place of worship.  We prepare our members and leaders to be engaged in ministry in the present and future church, and we embrace all kinds of communities and new modes of thinking.  Why? Because God is still speaking,

 

No matter who you are

or where you are on

life's journey, you are

welcome here.

We believe in extravagant welcome.  This is why we insist that God's communion table is open, not closed, and God's gift and claim in baptism are irrevocable.  We advocate justice for all.  Our congregation extends hospitality as a sign of God's inclusive love.  We teach that evangelism — offering bread to those in search of it — is God's mission.  Our perspective is global, not provincial.  We work with — not against — people of other faiths.  Why? Because God is still speaking,

 

Never place a period

where God has placed

a comma.

We believe the church's mission is to change lives — individually, systemically and globally.  We work to make transformation possible, but trust in God's grace.  This is why we insist that church must be a place of vitality in worship, learning and advocacy. We are committed to working for justice, and we believe that lives are changed through global experiences and friendships.  Why? Because God is still speaking,

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UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

STATEMENT OF FAITH

Adapted by Robert V. Moss

We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, who is made known to us in Jesus our brother, and to whose deeds we testify:


God calls the worlds into being, creates humankind in the divine image, and sets before us the ways of life and death.


God seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.


God judges all humanity and all nations by that will of righteousness declared through prophets and apostles.


In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord,God has come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the whole creation to its Creator.


God bestows upon us the Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.


God calls us into the church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be servants in the service of the whole human family, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ's baptism and eat at his table,to join him in his passion and victory.


God promises to all who trust in the gospel forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace,the presence of the Holy Spirit in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in that kingdom which has no end.


Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto God.


Amen.